Little Mix risk government fury by singing in front of giant LGBT flag in Dubai
Little Mix have won praise from fans around the world after flying an LBGTQIAPK flag during a performance in Dubai – a country where homosexuality is outlawed.
The band – consisting of 25-year-old Perrie Edwards, 27-year-olds Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and 26-year-old Jade Thirlwall – sparked cheers and applause while standing in front of a rainbow CGI flag over the weekend.
The band were singing their tune, Secret Love Song, when they took a political stance against local laws in the Middle Eastern country.
Fans took to social media to thank the band for their bold move – with many congratulating the stars for their bravery.
“Thank you @LittleMix for all the love and support you’ve showed the LGBTQ+ community through the years,” one fan gushed on Twitter .
Commenting on the response from the crowd, another fan typed: “Everyone was really supportive and cheered when it came on.”
Another gushed: “This should be an enough reason that they are out there being the girl group who really speaks up and use their platform to spread messages and be that symbol of hope and empowerment. My ladies ain't just showing off their talents their really out there using it for A CAUSE.”
Meanwhile, some hit out at the stars, with one tweeting: “Respect to them for expressing their view but disrespectful from them to do that if you know it's illegal.”
In Dubai, those in same-sex relationships can find themselves in jail for up to 10 years for breach of Article 177 of the Penal Code.
In 2008, a lesbian couple were jailed for one month after public displays of affection in the country – while in 2012, a Belgian man was jailed for one year for being in a same-sex relationship with a man from the Philippines.
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